Scythian golden plate

Scythian golden plate

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Caption: Scythian golden plate, an ornament used by Scythian aristocracy. It depicts a griffin-like creature carrying off a goat. The Scythians were a nomadic European people who inhabited a wide region of steppes extending from present-day Ukraine eastwards into Central Asia. Their culture existed from around the 7th century BC to around the 4th century AD. Griffins (hybrid lion-eagle creatures) featured on Scythian gold ornaments. They were said to inhabit the Scythian steppes and prey on livestock. This artefact measures 11 by 16 centimetres. Photographed in Russia.

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